N348bn Approved By FG As Severance Pay For PHCN Staff

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As the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, and a sack of 20,000 workers of the company imminent, Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has said that the Federal Government has approved N348 billion as severance package for Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, staff.

Nebo said this yesterday at a briefing in Abuja, adding that N45 billion was earmarked for the purpose in this year’s budget, and that the short fall would be made up by the Federal Government from the privatisation of PHCN.

Fifteen private power investors, who had paid up to 25 percent of the amount on the sale of the companies, received their certificates from the government in April 22. The companies are Kainji, Shiroro, Geregu, Sapele and Ughelli power generation firms.

Other distribution companies are in Abuja, Ikeja, Jos, Eko, Port Harcourt, Benin, Enugu, Kano, Ibadan and Yola.

Nebo told newsmen that there was a metering gap of 2.5 million in the country and N77 billion would be needed to close the gaps, adding that due to increase in population, Nigeria needed three million more prepaid meters.

He also said that the country required 765 MVA super grid transformers to improve the power sector to world standard.

According to him, government requires N544 billion or 3.4 billion dollars to increase power generation and part of it will be used to install smart prepaid meters.

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  1. Privatization is meant to better the lot of commoners. If thousands are thrown into the labour market, will number of power vandals not increased?


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